Saturday, May 31, 2008

Meeting deadlocked on New Government

The Maoist team led by Dr Baburam Bhattrai reiterated the party’s claim for both the presidency and premiership while the NC and UML leaders asserted that the same party could not lay claim over the two leading posts.

Likewise, according to the participants of the meeting, the three parties were nowhere closer to an agreement over an amendment in the constitution to change the two-thirds provision for deposing the prime minister.

The NC and UML want to introduce single majority provision while the Maoists want to go with the existing clause.

The parties also discussed the appointment of 26 constituent assembly members, but could not arrive at a consensus.

NC vice-president and peace minister Ram Chandra Poudel, NC general secretary Bimalndra Nidhi, local development minister and Maoist leader Dev Gurung, UML leader Bharat Mohan Adhikari, CPN (ML) general secretary CP Mainali and Janamorhca Nepal’s Lilamani Pokharel were among those participating in the meeting.

The meeting has been postponed to Sunday afternoon.

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